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4.0 von 5 Sternen Forget yoga--try Dr. Proust's exercises!
How Proust Can Change Your Life is an easy read and its themes ambulate like John Cleese in The Flying Circus, however their target is always met with utmost accuracy. This is a rich and insightful book. What could have been an incomprehensible abstract mosaic turns out to be a triumphant effort to bring together Proust's eccentric life with his prolific writing. De...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen an unusual, original book
A reviewer wrote- "I'ts hard to imagine how Proust can change your life if you don't actually read Proust". That is true, but then on the other hand, never, while reading this book, did I get the impression that Alain de Botton was trying to replace Proust. I don't think he was trying to offer a guide to Proust, nor trying to write literary criticism or...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Delightful revisit to Proust, 24. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Reading Remembrance of Things Past in my 20's changed my life, (30 year's ago), so it was a pleasure to revisit the experience with this book. This delightful book is a paean to Proust slyly disguised as self help--with a few jabs to Proust's weaknesses, which is the best way to approach a masteripiece. Proust especially influenced my attitudes toward friendship. At an age when every quarrel meant the end of a relationship, Proust's view, which was from the end of his life, gave me frankly, a view of a life as a work of art, or at least a story that over time made sense.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A gem of a book, 26. Januar 2000
There are few works of literary criticism that have touched me as much as this one. Botton brings a lightness of touch to the deepest ideas, and what shines through is how funny and observant he is. I had never read Proust, and I don't know if I will even now. It's wrong to read this book as some kind of guide to Proust - a dummy's guide. It's far more than that, or rather, it's not really interested in teaching something like for a college class. It feels like a personal, intimate book - where the author, via Proust, discovers some essential things. Buy it.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen not a book--zero stars!, 10. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
It's hard to imagine that anyone who has read this thing and liked it has also read Proust. It's scary to think too much about what kind of person would give this "not a novel" five stars--but never mind; I'll stick to the rules and discuss the book. For one thing, Botton can't write; grammatical, structural and usage errors pepper the pages. I'm sorry that I have room to point out so few. On p. 5 he mentions a writer who "blithely declared his intention to devote himself to a final game of bridge, tennis and golf." Imagine that--all three rolled into one game; now that would be diverting indeed. B. does no better with parallelism on p. 9 where he notes that Proust's novel is a "universally applicable story about how to stop wasting time and start to appreciate life." Mere quibbles, you may protest, but what about a "writer" who can't even make subject and verb agree? (p. 25: ". . . there are a stream of extraordinary benefits attached.") And I defy anyone to understand the opening paragraph of Chapter 4: "A good way of evaluating the wisdom of someone's ideas might be to undertake a careful examination of the state of their own mind and health. After all, if their pronouncements were truly worthy of our attention, we should expect that the first person to reap their benefits would be their creator. Might this justify an interest not simply in a writer's work but also in their life?"
Even if you make allowances for B's inability to use pronouns that agree with their antecedents, can you tell what the antecedents are supposed to be? And even if you get that far, the "this" in the last sentence has so many possible antecedents that any attempt at comprehension becomes impossible. Dangling phrases, misplaced modifiers, hopelessly-tangled syntax--B is master of them all. But enough. The careful reader, the astute reader, the kind of reader that it takes to read Proust will, if she or he cares to bother, find such howlers on every page of this not-a-book. As for the content, B seems to think that he invented the (sophomoric) notion that the characters in literature are to be "identified with." He even goes so far as to include a photo of his girlfriend to show how much she looks like Proust's Albertine. Has the man no shame?
You're either going to read Proust or you're not, but in either case Botton's whatever-it-is will add nothing to your understanding or appreciation. And while Proust may indeed change your life, you certainly don't need this puerile and pretentious collection of scraps to help you realize it. The thing starts to live up to its title only when its compiler quotes, summarizes or "explains" Proust's novel, but why should you listen to Botton's simplistic and anti-grammatical ramblings when you can have the enchanting experience of reading Proust's work itself?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An opportunity to re-visit Proust's world, 16. April 1998
Von Ein Kunde
One of the biggest reasons for melancholy in my life is having already read Proust's Recherche: I can't have again the pleasure of reading it for the first time. Therefore the book by Alain de Botton was a great experience. It allows you to read again Proust without re-reading the novel. I recommend this book to all those who feel melancholy when they see the already read volumes of the Recherche on their shelves. José Mª Gómez. Spain.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing, 10. September 2007
Rezension bezieht sich auf: How Proust Can Change Your Life (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
One of the greatest books I've ever read.

It's intellectually stimulating, without pretending to be 'more Catholic than the Pope'. A clever and witty tribute to the grandmaster, rather than pure academic boasting.

This is a sublime source of inspiration and an ingenious page-turner.

I adore Proust. Nonetheless--and for that very reason--I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful, smart, a lover of books AND life, 8. Mai 2000
Von Ein Kunde
Not that De Botton needs my 5 stars, he seems to be a power force of his own. But I just closed this book and loved it from start to finish. It was witty, intelligent, joyous and very very much made me ready to go read the MAN. He achieved something miraculous for a frightened self-taught reader, he welcomed me into the world of Proust. For that I doff my cap.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A classic; if there were 7 stars, I would give it to this, 29. September 1999
Von Ein Kunde
I read some of the other reviews of this books - 95% are favourable - but occasionally, there's someone who says it's terrible. Not just "OK" but absolutely appalling. These are the Proust experts, who probably feel threatened by such a brilliant book having been written by such a brilliant young man. I can't recommend it to you enough.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Listening to Alain de Botton's Proust tapes changed my life, 27. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: How Proust..Change Yr Life(cas (Hörkassette)
And those of my friends, to whom I lent them. Perfectly recorded, and perfect for listening to in the car while confronting life's little obstacles: traffic, potholes, red lights, getting gas, etc. With the help of M. de Botton's guide to Proust, the path of life becomes clearer. A wonderful gift idea.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen An easy read, but superficial, 12. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
This is a short, easy-to-read book -- which is good because it has very little to say and, if it were longer or harder, it wouldn't be worth the effort. I've never read Proust, but I have to imagine that his philosophy life wasn't as thin and banal as it sounds in Botton's description of it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen philosophy for mortals, 14. Februar 2000
Von Ein Kunde
It's amazing, I read this book years ago an still remember it very vividly. Philosophy is usually not my kind of thing, but Alain de Botton makes for a very enjoyable and entertaining read. I read all his books and found them to be absolutely fantastic. Can't wait for the next one...
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